su·​per·​fi·​ci·​al·​i·​ty ˌsü-pər-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce superficiality (audio)
plural superficialities
: the quality or state of being superficial
: something superficial

Examples of superficiality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Artistic and emotional achievements such as John Wick 4, Rebel Moon, All of Us Strangers, The Taste of Things, and Asteroid City lose out to the superficiality of Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, and The Zone of Interest and the inscrutable nothingness of Barbie and Poor Things. Armond White, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 Ives transposes the action to an America of rampant affluence and ghastly superficiality, populated by boorish Wall Street titans (Cannavale) and shady plastic surgeons (Shamos) and drug-dealing diplomats (Pasquale) and tightly wound Hollywood agents (Gray). Peter Marks, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 When billionaire’s wife, Marianne Brink (a sublime Rachel Bay Jones), sings a soaring ode to the joys of superficiality, Sondheim breezes into the room at full force. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 23 Oct. 2023 In 10 years, Scott’s Moschino runways riffed on the subject of Barbie (a full decade before Barbie-core took over), paper dolls (a playful dig at the superficiality of the fashion business), cardboard (in an apparent critique of overconsumption), and money. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2023 Don’t fall into his trap of superficiality and pity. Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2023 When does multiplicity shade into duplicity or superficiality? Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Conversation—the kind that's genuine and vulnerable, that penetrates past pleasantries and superficiality—was of the upmost importance. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Apr. 2023 The notion of what constitutes love is multifaceted and inherently contextual, despite the significant cultural conditioning suggesting, not only universality, but the dangerous superficiality of the happily-ever-after syndrome supposedly accompanying the discovery of it. Nicholas Bell, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of superficiality was circa 1530

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“Superficiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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